Thursday, April 9, 2015

ICC Talk 3 by Princeton University's PEAR Lab Pioneers: Consciousness and the Nature of Life

Brenda J. Dunne, MS and Robert G. Jahn, PhD

Brenda and John

Brenda J. Dunne is the President and Treasurer of the International Consciousness Research Laboratories (ICRL) and was Laboratory Manager of the Princeton Engineering Anomalies Research (PEAR) laboratory from its inception in 1979 until its closing in 2007. She also serves as Education Officer of the Society for Scientific Exploration.

Robert Jahn, Chairman of the Board of ICRL, has been director of the Princeton Engineering Anomalies Research (PEAR) laboratory since its establishment in 1979. An applied physicist and aerospace engineer, for 15 years he was Dean of the Princeton University School of Engineering and Applied Science. He is also Vice President of the Society for Scientific Exploration.

Consciousness and the Nature of Life

05/24/2015 | 10:50-11:50

Abstract:

Three decades of research into consciousness-related anomalies at the Princeton Engineering Anomalies Research (PEAR) laboratory and elsewhere has indicated that these phenomena may be associated with some fundamental process related to the nature of life. The empirical evidence cannot be accommodated within the prevailing laws of physics and is inconsistent with most of what is known in contemporary cognitive science, but it displays numerous correlations with biological processes associated with evolution. These include small effects in random processes that compound to significant shifts in their output distributions; gender disparities; and associations with physiological processes such as skin conductance, pupil dilation, and brain activity that appear prior to the presentation of stimuli. These anomalies comprise a domain where the objective physical world and the subjective experiential world overlap via the activity of consciousness, and they hint at an organizing role for consciousness that connects living systems with the primal Source from which all phenomena emanate.

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